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Zika virus update: Malaysia reports first case of Zika-infected pregnant woman
 

Zika virus update: Malaysia reports first case of Zika-infected pregnant woman

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Malaysia has confirmed its first case of a Zika-infected pregnant woman as of Tuesday, according to the health minister Dr. S Subramaniam.
 
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8 Sep 2016 - General
 
It seem like the inevitable invasion of Zika Virus has occurred in Malaysia, with the first pregnant woman reported to be infected with Zika Virus. Based on the experience and data from South America, Zika virus infection is particularly dangerous in the pregnant women cohort as the infection can lead to microcephaly of the new born babies. Microcephaly is an irreversible congenital defect that will affect the new born babies for life. But, not all the Zika virus infected pregnant women will hav...
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Hopefully, the woman and her baby belongs to the 90-99% who do not develop microcephaly. With Zika slowly spreading (with Philippines having recently had its first case since 2012), public education is one key to help prevent the spread. I guess in our locality, most people do not see the seriousness of the situation and the implication that Zika virus can bring in our community. I have observed that some are complacent since it does not affect them directly, and that it is not a life-threatenin...
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Such news is quite alarming, especially since the Zika virus is seen to be spreading throughout Asian countries. It is a concern too, that the virus can stay in the sperm for up to 6 months, and can affect the baby. There have been news, however, that Zika has not really been the cause of microcephaly in infants in Brazil, so this may be much of a relief for pregnant women. It's still best, however, to take the necessary precautions against the mosquito vectors. It’s a good thing though, tha...
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Zika virus has really gone too fast in spreading its virus. Here in the Philippines, the virus has already alarmed the country. Maybe because we are included in the countries wherein there's a lot of travelers going in and out of specifically in Asia. Zika virus is coming from the family of Aedes Egypti, a family of mosquitoes carrying dengue. Zika is quite alarming because it can be transmitted sexually thus it must be advisable that partners that are suspected to be infected with the virus...
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In the light of these serious news, It has become extremely crucial to watch the borders tightly and establish an efficient screening system to curb the rapid spread of Zika virus. It is just a matter of time till it is transmitted allover the region after being introduced to Singapore then it found a window to go to Malaysia. Measures like Quarantine and primary health assistance. Until an effective vaccine become available, these measures are of great importance to adopt by all the countries i...
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